The number of bedding products on the market seemingly expands every day, from mattresses to pillows, made in materials like foam, latex, innersprings, gel, and even air and water. But once you’ve made it through the process of finding what it is you want to sleep on, picking how you’re going to cover your bedding is imperative for getting the longest life out of your new purchase.
While few would ever think of doing such a thing, it remains worth saying that sleeping on a bare, uncovered mattress is the worst idea for getting longevity out of your bed. Moisture, stains and simple wear and tear can all be avoided with even the most basic mattress cover setup.
The first and easiest step to be taken is adding a cotton mattress cover to your bed. These covers are easy to put on, washable, and keep your mattress fresh when you wash them periodically. That mattress cover also serves as an extra layer of protection against sweat, spills, and other accidents that may occur over time. For the most mattress protection, hypoallergenic vinyl covers completely encase the mattress and protect it against allergens and moisture. These pads, like any other, come in all sizes, from a twin mattress cover all the way up to California King beds.
Once a mattress has adequate protection, comfort should be your next concern. Additional mattress pads can offer another layer of protection, with a boost in comfort as well. Soft cotton pads can go directly under the top sheets, or a bed mattress topper can be covered on its own and added to the top of the mattress for hybrid, custom comfort. Unprotected beds are prone to accidents and will wear out much faster than they should. Therefore, keeping your mattress covered isn’t just important for saving you money, it’s important for your sleep and health as well.